21 Jump Street update from Jonah Hill
The idea of a film version of 21 Jump Street evokes the same concerns I had over The A-Team film adaptation, taking the cheesy daytime show and making something modern, relevant and that audiences would like to see. For 21 Jump Street those concerns seem to have been multiplied two or three fold.
I mean 21 Jump Street was a bunch of policemen who looked like high school kids being sent into high school to expose criminal activity and arrest those responsible, and that was even cheesier than The A-Team. However Jonah Hill, who is one of the writers, executive producers and actors on the film, has been revealing the plans are far less cheesier than the original series.
"We hired directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller who directed Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and are friends of mine. They are incredible. Their take on the movie is incredible... It's about cops who go back to high school. Young rookie cops who go back to high school. I think that's a real interesting idea as opposed to saying, that's not what happened in the show so it can't happen in the movie."
Wow, that is an incredible idea. Imagine having a story of young cops who go back to high school…ermmm…that is what happened in the show, so how is that incredibly different from the original 21 Jump Street? I really don't understand what he's saying there, it does sound the same as the television version.
He goes on to tell us, through Coming Soon, more of why this isn't like the original television series and why it will surprise fans:
"[Audiences are] not expecting what it's going to be. It's not a parody of the show. I'm not playing Johnny Depp's character... I'm not saying I'm Johnny Depp. I'm not playing his character. It's a group of people that go back to high school to deal with a drug problem. To deal with crime in high school."
Well you've surprised the hell out of me so far. Now for anyone that's not clear, that's called sarcasm, and ladels of it too. There are no surprises in that, and so far it's sounding just like the television series.
However Jonah Hill's summary sounds a little different and provides the most interesting part of it all:
"It's a comedy with really cool action. We're not doing something serious like Miami Vice. But it's not a parody. It's a funny movie with a lot of great action and a real story. I've been saying that it's like a John Hughes movie with Bad Boys style action"
Okay, that does give a different feel and something more interesting than just remaking the television series for film. He does suggest that the original Chapel location will be there for their base of operations and he promises some surprises on the casting side when questioned about the original actors, I wonder if me might see some return, although definitely not Johnny Depp!
He didn't start off well to be honest, trying to tell us it's different and just delivering the same story outline as the series, but then there's the suggestion that it's going to be modernised, keeping the humour but adding in more action. It sounds a lot better than we might have thought of at first, and if they rope in some of the original team of actors, it might even give some nice surprises.